Last night James and I went out for our 2 year anniversary. We went to the same restaurant that we visited on our third date… Sizzler!
Ok so it’s not the ideal romantic place for an anniversary but it’s history! All you can eat is totally romantic XD
Above- desert, below a selection of the yummy things we ate.
I made the best ice-cream sundae ever! While we were waiting in line an old lady came up to us and told me I looked lovely, she then told James that he should tell me I look beautiful all the time and he’s very lucky to have me XD Poor James! This happens regularly too, complete strangers telling James he’s luck to have me, it’s very disconcerting and I’m worried he’ll develop a complex! Anyway, if anything I’m lucky to have him, he is fantastic and treat’s me like a princess 😀
James looks all innocent after eating like a million plates of food XD He felt so sick afterward poor boy! On the way home we saw a Koala on the road, luckily everyone stopped and the guy in front of us got out to help it off the road. Very cute, though I sure wouldn’t have gotten out, Koalas are surprisingly mean.
Ok now in continuing with the “Help Violet Choose a New Casual Hair Style” theme, here is the next one…
It’s basically a giant bow made of hair. Very popular at the moment in Gal circles, unfortunately Lady Gaga also did it and I can’t stand her. Takes about 10 minutes to do, stayed up all day and I was lazy and slept in it and it’s still up today.
Hiding the crappy back with a nice bow. I’m not sure I have the face for such a severe style though.
So yay or nay for this one?
Hello lovely readers time for more nail art!
Today I’m getting back to my roots and showing you the nail art I was talking about last post. Very Hime-style and very over the top 😀 Exactly my style.
It’s been ages since I’ve done something this 3-d but I just couldn’t resist using these pretty flowers that I ordered a while ago.
The blue and pink polish was mixed with shimmer dust to make it a little bit more opaque and shiny.
I love how they turned out, the only problem I have is that because the little flowers are made of ceramics rather than sculpy they are very sharp so I keep scratching myself 🙁
Lastly I’ve been trying out new hairstyles for when I cant be bothered/don’t have time to do a proper Hime pouf. I figured I’ll get everyone’s opinion and then once I’ve done a few you can all vote on them 😀
So here’s style number 1… The Giant Updo Pouf with Flowers!
Created by teasing everything except the fringe, pinning it up at the back, spraying and sticking in flowers. Good for showing off earrings.
Yay or nay? I’m hoping for more nail art soon too.
Japanese export site Strapya World Review.
Hello everyone and welcome to my first shop review! Be warned this is a big post with LOTS of pictures. I thought long and hard about which shop to review first but all the online spending that my K-Rudd Stimulus Money let me do gave me an idea! Everyone is always asking where I get my deco supplies from so here is a review on…
Now a little background info:
Shop- Strapya-World Url- https://www.strapya-world.com/index.html Location- Japan
Products- Decoden supplies, little fake foods, cell phone straps, Disney and Hello Kitty accessories, random Japanese kitschy junk.
Prices- Well it’s a bit hard to compare as it depends on the exchange rate. Prices are in Japanese Yen. You’re paying more than you’d actually pay in Japan but most of the prices are still quite reasonable as long as your exchange rate doesn’t suck as hard as the Australian Dollar.
Service- I have ordered with Strapya a couple of times and each time the service has been quite good. Items are shipped promptly and the only time I’ve had to email the response was quick and solved my problems. Note though that English is their second language so expect to have to be a little creative with reading any replies :)Shipping- Either surface mail or EMS, I always choose EMS for overseas packages because I don’t trust Australia Post. Also the EMS guy knows to ring my door bell rather than just leaving a note to go pick the package up. For some reason AusPost can’t grasp this fact. Shipping is very quick!Now some photos and more info!
I placed my order on the 25th of April and it arrived at my door on the 1st of May, this included a weekend so it wasn’t posted until the 27th… effectively it took 3 working days to get here.
This is what I ordered, everything arrived bubble wrapped for protection. Mostly deco supplies with one big thing… A PEARL IN A CAN! (click to be taken to the Strapya listing)
So when I read about this I thought it sounded hilarious! As you all know… I LOVE pearls so how could I pass up the chance to get my own pearl out of a real oyster in a can?! So terribly Japanese it’s awesome.
Here is my adventure with Pearl In A Can..
It comes in a cute little box with some cute Engrish on it. There are 5 colours of pearl that you can get inside and each has a different meaning, more on that later. Things get a bit messy so I would suggest you get a tray or do this over a sink! Inside the box you’ll find the can with the oyster, instructions, a little tool to open the oyster and the necklace in a little blue heart display.
Make sure you read the label… apparently you shouldn’t eat the oyster… I don’t know who would be dumb enough to eat an oyster floating in some kind of alcohol which has been un-refrigerated for several days in the sun… but someone obviously was because there are a LOT of warnings XD
Now make sure to read the instructions and get out this little tool thing.
This is the oyster. If you think it looks gross, you should wait for the smell…
Open up your can with the ring pull and try not to breathe in the over-powering vinegar/alcohol smell.
Heehee it looks silly!
Now pull it out and grab your tool (hahaha)! Wedge it into the oyster and open him up!
Look I found a pearl!!
Make sure to give it a wash and discard the oyster and can!
How cute is that?
Which colour did you get? I got Cream which apparently means success! Go me! Bring on my success! The other colours you can get are: White- Intelligence Cream- Success Pink- Health Purple- Property Black- Love
Now we’ve got the pearl you should get the little cage necklace!
Open it up and pop in the pearl!
Put it back on the necklace and there you go!
How cute is that? I think it’s a great little novelty, especially since it’s currently on sale 90% off for US$9.75. Because it comes in such a nice package it would make a really nice gift.
Of course now you’ve spent all this time making your necklace you should spend some time checking yourself out 😀 Fantastic!
Final thoughts: Strapya- Though it’s not the cheapest, the items are cute, the quality is good and there is lots to choose from. I would recommend it! Pearl in a can- Fun to play with, a good gift and a damn cute necklace in the end!
Now my 2 questions for you guys… 1. Did you like this review? Does it need more/less humor? Would you read more of these? 2. What do you think of my new hair extensions??
As an after thought to all of this, I’ve been featured on Pink Expertise! Wow it seems like I’ve gotten a lot of features lately, it’s been really lovely! Thank you all for reading my blog, you guys are so awesome!
If you want to check out the feature just click the link below 🙂 http://thelifebehindthecoach.typepad.com/pink_expertise/2009 /05/inability-to-give-up.html
Our working holiday on the Sunshine Coast.
Welcome to my holiday extravaganza! Well as some of you know I was away for a week, this is pretty much what I did… Beware… there are a lot of photos and this is the cut down version!!
We have quite a few clients up on the Sunshine Coast so James surprised me with a working holiday! Much hilarity ensued. Also, don’t expect Hime/Lolita here it doesn’t really work so well on the beach!
So here we are at the half way truck stop thing, we were eating lunch when James pulled out his camera to take a photo of his burger and the one of me above. Then the two guys approached us and started chatting to James about what a great hobby it was. They were also photographers and complimented me on my hair saying that they loved the 60’s and we chatted for a while. It ended turning into a mini-photo shoot! Everyone in the truck stop was staring, it was hilarious!
Above is the first photo they took. They gave James lots of tips on photography!
This is the guys taking more photos haha, so hilarious! They were so nice!
This is the view from our hotel room! How pretty is it? James got HEAPS of really pretty scenic photos but I’m only going to post a few. If you want to see the rest I’m sure they’ll probably turn up on his blog here…
James got up very early every morning to run along the beach. What a nut job! It was much nicer rugged up in bed. I decided to spy on him through the balcony though!
We got our Kevin Rudd bonuses which was awesome timing! Look at all this shopping! How cute is that singlet?
New nail polish! I went a bit crazy with the colours this time XD I LOVE all of them, you can’t really see but the silver on the right is full of glitter, so much so that it’s almost like painting with sand. They are all really nice, and quite cheap.
I had the WORST experience with a nail salon up there though. I’m not going to write the story right now because I’m still mad but if you’re interested ask and I’ll tell. Let’s just say now I know why I do acrylics myself.
This is what they all look like, cute huh? Ignore the ugly natural nails.
My lovely man relaxing on the balcony.
New Deco supplies~~ I got all those fake flowers for $8! I’ve got some awesome things planned for them so just you wait for the upcoming tutorials.
I love sail boats, there is something just beautifully postcard about them.
We ventured down to the rock pools in front of the hotel a couple of times and it was beautiful. More on that later.
The beach at night etc A crazy old beach fossiker. He was down at the beach every morning at like 5am looking for lost change and other beach junk.
I FINALLY MANAGED TO CURL MY HAIR! Oh my god it took forever but LOOK I did it! I also bought some long curly hair extensions… woo! I haven’t taken photos of that yet but they rock for Hime Style.
Most of the stuff here was from our day Op shopping, the Sunshine Coast has the best Op shops in the universe! Seriously, not including the stripy swimsuit and James’ 2 shirts at the back everything cost around $30 total… EVERYTHING.
Wearing my new Op shop finds. Shirt- $4, Skirt- $4, Hair Scarf- $0.20, Being Thrifty- Priceless. Ok that was tacky but how awesome is that?! The shirt and skirt were both completely new with tags too 😀
Priceline (one of the best make up/beauty shops ever) was having a deal where if you spent $50 on certain brands you got a make up bag full of things worth $80. It was a freaking awesome deal! So this is a combination of what you bought and what was in the bag (which is super cute). The things in the bag were real full sized things too not just shitty samples!
We had breakfast at the cutest little cafe and there were bush turkey walking everywhere! It was so weird seeing turkey walking around in suburbia and fighting for scraps, wtf?
Our delicious breakfast. Seriously the yummiest breakfast I’ve ever had.
Here are some shots from down at the beach. I’m generally not the biggest fan of the beach because of all the icky sand and sea creatures which can sting you but we had so much fun! Here I am controlling the waves! BOW TO ME OCEAN!
Ah! It didn’t work! Run away!
Look at him oozing Calvin Klein model XD
And after a hard day’s work we can down to the pool to relax XD
And my wonderful man makes me a cup of tea.
Best semi-vacation ever.
Hope you enjoyed the photos as much as I enjoyed being in them XD
Welcome to my Hime Gyaru Hair Tutorial!
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS HIME GYARU HAIR TUTORIAL HAS BEEN UPDATED HERE. The version below is achieved by teasing your hair, if you don’t want to tease it click here for the other version. This is also only one way to do this style. I have done several others so please check the tutorial section for videos etc.
Please note that there are a LOT of photos so dial-up users beware!
This tutorial is just for the the way that I do my hair, there are several other ways to do this but this is one way that it works for me. I have done several other posts on hime gyaru hair tutorials.
Without further ado…
To start off you should have clean hair, brush all of the knots out of it and make sure it’s dry.
I’m so used to having my hair up, it looks weird to have it down!
Now get your materials together. You need a nice hair brush, a can of hair spray (I LOVE Sunsilk Super Hold)
You will also need LOTS of bobby pins
And some accessories to tie your whole look together. I like to have an alice band and a big bow to stick on the back to cover all the pins
Now let’s get started!
Brush your fringe forward and the rest of you hair backwards as if you were going to put it in a pony tail.
Now put your fingers at the tops of your ears and work them through your hair until they meet at the top. Basically what you should be doing is separating a section of hair that is about one inch thick. Pull it upwards and hold on to it for a moment.
This section will eventually become the smooth part of the quiff (top lump of hair) so you need to clip it out of the way for now. I usually twist it to the side and stick a clip in.
Pretty sexy huh?
It should look roughly like this:
Now is the fun part… Take a section of hair behind the bit you clipped off a couple of inches thick. This will be the part of hair the keeps the whole thing up!
Pull this section of hair up and keep hold of it.
At this point it might help you to tie the rest of y
our hair up. Once you get some more practice you might not bother but if it’s your first time then it makes it easier!
Now pull the section of hair up above your head.
At this point you probably look like an extra out of a Dr Suess movie!
Now is the fun part! Tease the section you’re holding until it’s massive! To tease the hair you brush it from the tips to the roots so it turns into a big knotty mess.
Now you look like a deranged Mana fan so strike your best pose!
Lol cool style in it’s own way but we’re here for Hime hair!
So grab the teased part and start squishing it into a big ball. Don’t squish it too much or it will loose it’s shape. if you want it to be bigger just tease it some more!
Now curl it backwards over on itself. It should look like a big fluffy tube from the side. If you want don’t get it right the first time just tease it up some more and try again. Remember the bigger the better!
Grab your bobby pins and pin that big old tube in place!
Once you are happy with the positioning you should use your hairspray! Don’t scrimp on the spay, if you want it to stay up all day then it needs to be sturdy. If you find that it shape isn’t roughly what you want then you can squish it into shape and add more spray, it doesn’t need to be perfect because we’re going to cover it with hair. Sexy huh?
Now is the time to take down all of the hair you’ve clipped up. See it’s starting to take shape!
This part takes a little practice so don’t worry if it doesn’t come out right the first time, just unpin it and try again!
From the inch of long hair at the front take a section at the top/middle of your head and brush it straight upwards. This section should be wide enough to cover a good part of the quiff.
Now carefully place the hair backwards over the teased bump. Make sure it’s fairly smooth.
Bring it down over the back and use a bobby pin to fix it in place. Again use your hair spray to seal it down.
Now grab a section of hair on the side and brush it up and back. Fiddle with it until it covers all the messy bits of the teased part.
Once you have it right you can pin it down and spray it in place. It should look something like this:
Now do that to the other side and you’re almost done! If you have a few stray bits like I do in the photo below just spray the area and smooth it down with your hand.
Now we’re ready to decorate! Pick out a nice big bow for the front and if you want to try out a side swept fringe then this is the time!
Side swept doesn’t look very good on me but I bet it looks awesome on you!
Now make sure you have a bow or some flowers handy to cover up all those ugly bobby pins in the back! Just pin it straight into the quiff, if you make sure to pin through the teased part it won’t go anywhere even on the windiest, rainiest, craziest day where you’re stuck on a train with your head in some guy’s sweaty armpit and you’ll be all ready for that photoshoot for Jesus Diamante!
Taadaa! All done 😀 Make sure to cam-whore it up, you just spend 923810 hours doing your hair, people should bloody well notice!
If you want, you can add hair extensions, I love them but I don’t wear them every day. Too cute!
Before you go and try it yourself you should probably see how horrible it is to take out at the end of the day *_*
Ow! Pins hurt!
Oh noes! My brush is stuck in my giant knotty tangle of hair *_*
Have fun brushing it all out! Let me suggest this, don’t just dry brush it… GET LEAVE IN CONDITIONER! This will help de-tangle it. Also you should make sure to wash and condition the hair afterward or give it a moisture treatment! If you wear your hair like this often it really needs it!
I would love to see photos of you wearing Hime Gyaru style hair! Let me know what you thought of this tutorial 🙂
Thank you for reading!
I found hair extensions that actually match my hair :D:D:D
That’s right! Now I can have massive Hime Gyaru curls too!
What do you guys think? Worth the $5 I spent on them?
Here is a washed out shot just do you can see the back:
I can’t believe I actually managed to find something this awesome for this cheap! I found them at a terrible discount store but after doing some research I’ve discovered that they are made from one of the higher quality synthetic hair. Not bad huh?
I just can’t believe that they actually match my hair. The reason I’m surprised is that my hair was black for a very long time but recently I dyed it red. So as a consequence it is sort of red fading into black at the tips.
So what do you think, better with long hair or short hair? I am a big hair extension fan and now I want to get them in a lot of different styles to match whatever I do with my hair next.